Louisiana's top higher education board recommended Tuesday to merge LSU's Shreveport campus into Louisiana Tech University, although such a merger faces significant hurdles before it could happen.
The proposal is being sent to state lawmakers for consideration. The idea, which faces opposition from LSU System leaders, would need backing in a two-thirds vote by the House and the Senate.
LSU-Shreveport would become a second campus of Louisiana Tech and part of the University of Louisiana System, under the consolidation suggested by higher education consultant Eva Klein and Associates as a way to improve education in northwest Louisiana.
At Tuesday's Board of Regents meeting, there was little criticism of the proposal and the board backed the merger proposal without objection. Regents action was required before legislators could consider the idea in the upcoming regular session that begins March 12.